Hurricane Florence Community Service Leave

Hurricane Florence Storm-Related Volunteer Work

Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging state employees to use Community Service Leave (CSL) to help with Hurricane Florence storm recovery efforts across North Carolina.  To aid in the response effort, an additional 16 hours (pro-rated for part-time employees) of CSL is now available to staff in permanent positions through December 31, 2018, for the express purpose of helping North Carolina neighbors devastated by the record-shattering floods and other damage.

For more information about how you might help, visit the state’s Volunteer Opportunities website.  Please note that the additional 16 hours of CSL can only be used for storm-related volunteer work in North Carolina.

If you plan to use CSL, be sure to obtain supervisor approval prior to committing to the volunteer activity. 

The temporary expansions to Community Service Leave are:

  • Eligible Organizations

A temporary expansion of eligible organizations has been approved that allows state employees to volunteer for organized efforts coordinated by a local government (county or municipality) entity to address Hurricane Florence recovery activities in addition to regular coverage for activities provided by established nonprofits.

For more information about how you can use Community Service Leave, view the policy here (view the policy and click on the Hurricane Florence Leave Options button).


  • Additional 16-hours of CSL

Eligible employees will also be awarded an additional 16 hours (prorated for those eligible employees who are less than full-time) of paid Community Service Leave, exclusively for storm-related volunteer activities.  This increases the maximum amount of paid CSL leave from 24 hours to 40 hours for the remainder of 2018 – but remember, the additional 16 hours can only be used for Florence-related volunteer activities, and the hours will expire on December 31, 2018.

Employees should obtain prior approval from their supervisor and are responsible for providing documentation that additional hours used are storm-related.  The approving supervisor should notify HR immediately via email ( of the additional CSL hours approved so that HR can add the approved hours to the employee’s available CSL leave balance prior to the deadline to complete the leave report.